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  • Name: William Martin CAFE
  • D.O.B: 23rd Mar, 1826
  • D.O.A: 15th Apr, 1858
  • D.O.D: 6th Aug, 1906
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Captain, 4th Regiment of Infantry, Punjab Irregular Force, Honourable East India Company Forces
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 1
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Fort Ruiya, India 15 April 1858

15 April 1858

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The Indian Mutiny 1857-59 

After the capture of Lucknow, the Governor General Lord Canning ordered the pacification of the province of Rohilkhand, north-west of Oudh. Brigadier General Walpole set out with a Field Force to accomplish this. On 15 April 1858 he stopped to reduce a Fort at Ruiya, about fifty miles north-west of Lucknow. The frontal assault which he launched proved a disaster. It occasioned heavy casualties and failed to capture the fort, though the rebels abandoned it during the night. Amongst those killed were Brigadier Adrian Hope and Lieutenant Edward Willoughby, brother of Lieutenant G D Willoughby, one of the nine heroic defenders of the Delhi Magazine.

Citation

 For bearing away, under a heavy fire, with the assistance of Privates Thompson, Crowie, Spence, and Cook, the body of Lieutenant Willoughby, lying near the ditch of the Fort of Ruhya, and for running to the rescue of Private Spence, who had been severely wounded in the attempt. 

The London Gazette of 17 February 1860, Numb. 22357, p. 557

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